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A woman is given a protective face mask as she waits to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Crystal Palace Football Club Vaccination Centre, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain February 4, 2021.  - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Evidence on Vaccines Cutting Coronavirus Transmission 'Looks Good', UK Minister Says

The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is now over 2.46 million, while the number of infected has surpassed 111 million cases worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US currently tops the list of the worst-hit countries, with around 28.1 million infected and over 498,000 coronavirus-linked deaths. India occupies second place, with almost 11 million cases and over 156,000 deaths, and Brazil rounds out the top three, with more than 10 million cases and 246,500 fatalities. At the same time, Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world, surpassing India with 178,000 fatalities, while the overall number of cases in the country is around 2 million.

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18:34 GMT 22.02.2021
France Registers 4,646 New Cases, 333 New Fatalities
18:01 GMT 22.02.2021
White House: US to Fly Flags at Half-Mast to Honour Half Million Deaths from COVID
17:59 GMT 22.02.2021
UK Registers 10,641 New Cases, 178 New Fatalities
17:12 GMT 22.02.2021
Sturgeon: Scotland to Return to Tiered System When National Lockdown Eased

'We will seek to set out tomorrow an indicative order of priority and the likely phasing of firstly the gradual lifting of the current lockdown restrictions and then in due course, a return to the geographic levels system when we would decide whether all or parts of the country may move out of Level 4 and into Level 3, and of course that's the part where more parts of the economy will start to open up. This will be a cautious way forward because it's really important that as we come out of this lockdown, we do so sustainably', Sturgeon said at a briefing.

17:05 GMT 22.02.2021
Iran Greenlights COVID-19 Vaccine by China's Sinopharm for Emergency Use, Import

Iran has formally authorised the emergency use and import of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese Sinopharm pharmaceutical company, Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Monday.

"The Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has issued an authorisation for the import and emergency use of the BBIBP-CorV vaccine manufactured by the Chinese Sinopharm company", Jahanpur wrote on Twitter.

In early February, Iran embarked on the coronavirus immunisation campaign with the rollout of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. Additionally, the country reportedly greenlighted the vaccines by the UR-Swedish AstraZeneca company and India's Bharat.

The Middle Eastern country is also developing several domestic vaccines against COVID-19, including one jointly with Cuba.

16:19 GMT 22.02.2021
UK PM Johnson Says COVID-19 Threat Remains 'Substantial' as He Unveils 'One-Way Road to Freedom'
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks past media photographers to his office in Downing Street after a cabinet meeting in London, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920
PM Johnson Says End to COVID-19 Pandemic 'Really in Sight' as He Unveils 'One-Way Road to Freedom'
15:31 GMT 22.02.2021
UK Strain Linked to Nearly Quarter of Germany's New COVID-19 Cases

The British variant, also known as B117, now accounts for almost a quarter of new coronavirus cases in Germany, a government spokesman said after a cabinet meeting on Monday.

"The share of more dangerous and clearly more contagious mutations is on the rise. B117 accounts for 20-25 percent of new cases", Steffen Seibert told reporters at a news briefing.

He said Germany and France would hold consultations on how to limit the spread of viral strains, which circulate more freely in border areas.

Germany has reported a pickup in new cases during the past four days, despite a stricter lockdown. The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases confirmed 4,369 new infections and 62 further deaths on Monday.

13:57 GMT 22.02.2021
Sanofi, GSK Announce Phase 2 of Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Trials
13:57 GMT 22.02.2021
Russia Shares COVID-19 Vaccine Technology With Belarus , President Putin Says
12:50 GMT 22.02.2021
President Putin Says Russia and Other Countries Should Join Efforts in Vaccine Production
Russian President Putin chaired a meeting of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights - Sputnik International, 1920
President Putin Says Russia and Other Countries Should Join Efforts in Vaccine Production
12:22 GMT 22.02.2021
Most People in UK Do Not Trust Johnson Can Take England Out of COVID-19 Lockdown – Poll
Britain's PM Johnson holds virtual coronavirus briefing in London - Sputnik International, 1920
Most People in UK Do Not Trust Johnson Can Take England Out of COVID-19 Lockdown, Poll Shows
12:09 GMT 22.02.2021
Gaza Strip Launches Mass Vaccination Against Coronavirus
10:57 GMT 22.02.2021
Coronavirus Vaccine Lowers Hospitalisation Risks, Scottish Research Shows

According to a preliminary study, the Pfizer-BioNtech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines help to prevent severe cases of infections.

The results of the research suggested that by the fourth week after the initial dose, the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs were found to reduce the risk of hospitalisation by up to 85% and 94% respectively.

"These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future", said Aziz Sheikh, a professor at the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute who co-led the study.

10:45 GMT 22.02.2021
Syria Approves Sputnik V Vaccine Against Coronavirus
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, at a coronavirus vaccination center at a shopping mall, in Moscow, Russia. - Sputnik International, 1920
Syria Approves Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, Shipments Expected 'Soon', Ambassador Says
08:27 GMT 22.02.2021
Schools in England Will Reopen on 8 March - Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi
Year seven pupils are directed to socially distance as they arrive for their first day at Kingsdale Foundation School in London, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 - Sputnik International, 1920
UK Minister Says Pupils Will Return to School in March as PM’s Reopening Plan Faces Criticism
08:06 GMT 22.02.2021
Russia Reports 12,604 COVID-19 Cases, 337 Deaths in Past Day
07:45 GMT 22.02.2021
Boris Johnson Due to Roll Out Four-Stage 'Roadmap' to Scrap UK COVID Lockdown
07:00 GMT 22.02.2021
Evidence on Vaccines Cutting Coronavirus Transmission 'Looks Good', UK Minister Says

"Suffice to say the evidence looks good", Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News, said when answering a question about the possibility of vaccines cutting the virus’ transmission. "We wouldn't be in this place this morning to be able to say that we're going to reopen schools on 8 March, and ... as school holidays begin on 29 March, we will look at the rule of six and two families being (able) to see each other outdoors ... if we're not confident that actually the vaccine programme is beginning to really bear fruit".

06:58 GMT 22.02.2021
Ukraine Confirms 3,206 New COVID-19 Cases
06:39 GMT 22.02.2021
Slovakia Should Not Wait for EU Approval to Buy Russian Vaccine, Prime Minister Says
05:53 GMT 22.02.2021
Israel to the Rescue? New Drug Developed in Tel Aviv Hospital May Help Battle Severe COVID-19 Cases
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). - Sputnik International, 1920
Israel to the Rescue? New Drug Developed in Tel Aviv Hospital May Help Battle Severe COVID-19 Cases
05:20 GMT 22.02.2021
Philippines Certifies China's Sinovac Vaccine for Emergency Use

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - According to CNN Philippines, it took a long time for the FDA to approve the use of the Sinovac vaccine because the Chinese company failed to provide complete data on the third phase of clinical trials. The FDA's head stressed that the Sinovac vaccine was not the best option for health workers due to its 50.4 percent efficacy in late stage trials and recommended age range from 18-59.

"The trial in Brazil conducted on healthcare workers treating COVID-19 hospitals showed that it was 50.4% effective. This is better than no vaccine, but our recommendation and the recommendation of experts is that this is not the best vaccine for them", Domingo said as quoted by CNN Philippines.

05:17 GMT 22.02.2021
Facebook Reportedly Bans Ads Raising Vaccine Awareness for Being 'Political Messages'
A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International, 1920
Facebook Reportedly Bans Ads Raising Vaccine Awareness for Being 'Political Messages'
05:15 GMT 22.02.2021
Germany Confirms 4,369 New Coronavirus Infections
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